Emily Jaster

Scorsese’s <i>Silence</i> Speaks Volumes

Scorsese’s Silence Speaks Volumes

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01/09/2017

The opening of Martin Scorsese’s Silence is bleak, blunt, and harsh: a plain-text title slide cuts directly to a foggy image of a man standing beside a pair of severed heads, faces still twisted in pain. The following scene is a graphic depiction of early 17th-century Japanese torture, as officials pour boiling water over a…

Sherlock Proceeds With A Game of Expectations

Sherlock Proceeds With A Game of Expectations

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01/04/2017

Sherlock continues to combine the rapid pace of an action film with the complexity of a novel, while simultaneously defying the principle that television shows wind down the moment a main character has a baby. After the arduous wait that followed the cliffhanger conclusion of the previous season, season four of Sherlock opens with a…

Creativity in Crisis: Is it Really Alternative?

Creativity in Crisis: Is it Really Alternative?

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01/03/2017

Literally, the term “alternative” denotes something that departs from the norm, seeking creative and artistic divergence by uncovering unconventional sounds that provide listening ears with new options to tune into. As a genre, “alternative” refers to music descended from 1980’s “new wave,” loosely describing everything that is post-punk, experimental, or otherwise outside the mainstream. Unfortunately,…

<i>Suitcase Paintings</i>: Unpacking Nature on Canvas

Suitcase Paintings: Unpacking Nature on Canvas

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11/18/2016

Suitcase Paintings, a collection by artist Kate McConnell on display at the Touchstone Gallery, is a vibrant, dream-like expression of nature and travel, consisting of works that McConnell painted outdoors and carried with her in her suitcase. The paintings emphasize emotion and experience, foregoing detail for bold colors applied with visible brush strokes. McConnell makes…

Critical Voices: DNCE, <i>DNCE</i>

Critical Voices: DNCE, DNCE

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11/18/2016

DNCE’s self-titled debut album, set to be released on Nov. 18, is an upbeat expression of shameless individuality and optimism, fitting for the emergence of a band comprised of Joe Jonas and other artists who already have accomplished musical careers. Each member has experienced both success and letdown in the form of a band break-up…

Grouplove: Echostage, Wednesday 11/9

Grouplove: Echostage, Wednesday 11/9

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11/02/2016

Grouplove’s upbeat music is the ideal representation of the band’s perpetual, industrious energy. Since the group’s formation in 2009, Grouplove has released three complete albums and numerous EPs, and their self-titled 2009 debut EP garnered immediate popularity on the West Coast and their fanbase has grown exponentially since. The band is now in the midst…

The Weekly List: Pulling an All-Nighter

The Weekly List: Pulling an All-Nighter

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10/10/2016

The first round of midterms has come and gone, and in its place, a whole new realm of stress and assignments has emerged. Now is the time to find yourself living in Lau, surrounded by mountains of books, losing count of how many coffees you’ve purchased from Midnight MUG. When your eyelids begin to droop…

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